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Archive for October 2012

A Pioneering Pop Psychologist

Joseph Jastrow (Wikimedia Commons)

Years ago I read somewhere about an eminent experimental psychologist who suffered a mental breakdown, endured years of depression, and abandoned the laboratory to instead help lay people apply the ideas of modern psychology to their lives. Joseph Jastrow (Wikimedia Commons)  That man, I found out, was Joseph Jastrow (1863-1944), and I’ve written a post about his…

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Lou Gehrig, ALS, and the Patient Records Controversy

Lou Gehrig

I recently wrote here on my thoughts about waiving considerations of privacy for medical patients who are long deceased and revealing their names and opening their medical records to journalists and the public. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has just published a fascinating article by Mike Kaszuba about a current controversy over the disposition of the medical records of the baseball star…

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